Well now that we have a deck, pergola, and lighting, the only thing that we really NEEDED to enjoy our
wine beer mixed drinks dinner good-times out on the deck, was a way to get rid of all the pesky little night-time critters... and by critters, I mean mosquitoes...
Little known fact between me and these winged creatures of the night, we have had an on going battle for the past 26 years... Its a love/hate relationship. And by that I mean they LOVE me and I HATE them. Seriously, Im outside for 5 minutes and I come back in looking like I have the chicken pox... I LOATHE mosquitoes... yes, LOATHE.
So when thinking of solutions to this problem, Chris kindly suggested tiki torches... and I kindly replied "over my dead body".
This beautiful deck/outdoor area will NOT be cheapened by tiki torches... no, just no.
Enter the Google, where I stumbled upon THIS website explaining how to make "Wine Bottle Tiki Torches".... GENIUS!!!
|Full details of how to make these can be found on there website: HERE|
Since this is their idea, and not mine, this post isnt going to be a "how to" but rather a "we'll try it and let you know how it goes"
First step first, we needed wine bottles, at least 6 of them.... (our friends our always willing to contribute to a good cause so each graciously helped provide at least one
drank empty bottle)
"how to" website via Lowe's and picked them up a few hours later (P.S- if you shop at Lowe's, you NEED to be using this service... it saved us TONS of time and we didnt have to scour the store asking "What isle can XX be found?" or "I'm probably starring right at it, but can you help me find XX?" We love it!)
I was a little worried about the wicks and would DEFINITELY recommend getting the wick/bottle seal as tight as possible.
First time we tried this, ours was a little loose and they would only stay lit for about 3-5 minutes before going out... lesson learned: make the seal SUPER tight to suck up all the oil!
I seriously couldnt wait until it was dark to light them! (P.S- they stuck out about 5 inches from the beam. We were worried at first that this would look kind goofy, but they ended up being perfect and we didnt have to worry about them accidentally catching the wood on fire or leaving any scorch marks)
I dont know if you noticed in our previous "lighting" post, but we had them out and lit for the little get together we had last week.
So there you have it!!
website and try em out!!
I would love your feedback!